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Weak Knees : Exercise to Strengthen Weak Knees

Weak knees affects a few runners. A reader of this blog sent me an email asking me what she can do with her weak knees.

The New York times had an article on the issue of running and knees.

Running Makes your Knees stronger

In a Stanford University study researchers followed middle-aged, longtime distance runners (not necessarily marathoners) for nearly 20 years, beginning in 1984, when most were in their 50s or 60s. At that time, 6.7 percent of the runners had creaky, mildly arthritic knees, while none of an age-matched control group did. After 20 years, however, the runners’ knees were healthier; only 20 percent showed arthritic changes, versus 32 percent of the control group’s knees. Barely 2 percent of the runners’ knees were severely arthritic, while almost 10 percent of the control group’s were.

Debunking the myth that Running leads to degeneration of the knees

The word on the street is that running may weaken your knees but In another scientific study runners knees were scanned before and after 1997 Vienna Marathon. Ten years later, they scanned the same runners’ knees again. The results were striking. “No major new internal damage in the knee joints of marathon runners was found after a 10-year interval,”

According to Ross Tucker, a South African who blogs about running injuries he said the best solution for weak knees is targeted strength training. If you work on the the muscles that support your knees, hip stabilizers, quads, hamstrings you will have strong knees. It is weakness in one of these muscle groups that causes knee injury.

Another interesting solution I picked from comments on the NY times article was this one by a Dr. “The issue is weight, not running. The more you weigh, the greater the chance you will develop osteoarthritis as you age. The key is to remain slim lifelong.”

VIDEO : EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN KEY LEG MUSCLES TO PREVENT INJURIES

This video should help

2011 San Francisco Marathon Pictures & Photos

25000 runners took part in 2011 San Francisco marathon. As the runners did their thing they were cheered on by an almost 100,000 spectators. Known for its beautiful scenic views, The San Francisco Marathon presented by Wipro is the only race that runs in the roadbed of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a loop course that starts at the Ferry Building before finishing in front of Cupid’s Arrow.

2011 San Francisco Marathon Photos & Pictures

One photography by the name, Sam Beach captured some amazing pictures from 2011 San Francisco marathon. See Sam beach 2011 SFM Photo stream.

More Pictures From 2011 San Francisco Half Marathon go to, SF Gate San Francisco.

New Qualifying Times For Boston Marathon

If you thought Boston qualifying times (3:05 for Men and 3:35 for women) were hard, you are in for some disappointment. Boston marathon organizers have introduced new Boston marathon qualifying times : Times have been lowered by as much as 20 minutes!

Although the official time has been lowered by 5 minutes. They have introduced a hybrid system that will reward faster runners.

This is how the new Boston marathon qualifying system works;

Runners who exceed the standards for their age and gender group by at least 20 minutes will be allowed to apply on the first two days, followed by those who surpassed the standard by 10 minutes, and followed on the fifth day by those who were five minutes faster than required.

If spots remain after the first week, any qualifying runner can apply.

This change of Boston qualifying times was necessitated by a shocking number of applications for 2011 Boston Marathon: The field of 27 000 filled up in eight hours, breaking the previous record of 65 days – by 64 days.

The organisers told Supersports website they don’t expect runners response to be that of “I give up” but “I am going to run faster.”

2011 Paris Marathon Pictures & Photos

With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s, 2011 Paris Marathon runners had perfect conditions to set a PR or get a memorable Paris marathon picture / photo.

I found some remarkable Paris Marathon pictures and photos by a guy called David.
Marathon de Paris 2011

Photo courtesy of David @ Flickr.

To see more pictures & Photos from 2011 Paris Marathon Visit David Flickr Photostream.

2010 Honolulu Marathon Photos & Pictures

Nearly 23,000 runners took part in 2010 Honolulu marathon. One word to describe the pictures from 2010 Honolulu marathon “Awesome”

Runners from all over the world flew into Hawaii for the 2010 Honolulu marathon

The following picture was taken by Christy Wong
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What a perfect day for a marathon?

To See more 2010 Honolulu marathon pictures and photos go to damned cat flickr page

Register & Run 2011 New York Marathon

The ING New York Marathon website announced registration is open for 2011 New York City marathon.

Application can be done online. at ING NEW YORK MARATHON WEBSITE.

Conditions For Application.

2011 NYC Marathon Guaranteed Registration Entry

For you to be guaranteed a place in 2011 NYC Marathon you must have meet the minimum qualification times. Check out New York Marathon Qualification Times. Runners applying for guaranteed entry must register from January 10, 2011 at noon EDT until April 30, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.

Other runners with guaranteed entry are members of New York Road Runners club & charity runners.Who must meet the conditions set by NYRR.

2011 New York Marathon Lottery Application.

For the masses, Lottery applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on April 19, 2011. NYRR will hold the lottery drawing for all applicants in late April. Good luck!

Exceptions.

If you have applied before but been denied entry for the last three years in a row (2008, 2009, and 2010), you can register for guaranteed entry.

2010 New York City Marathon Photos & Pictures

It was another brilliant New York City marathon. A record 45,000 marathon runners took part. The photos & pictures are breath taking!

I followed the event on TV and as usual the TV cameras focused on the elite runners. To see what was happening in the “peoples” marathon you have to turn to the internet.
Moose

Picture courtesy of Sarah Heiman, To see her 2010 NYC marathon pictures see Sarah Flickr Page

The following websites have amazing photos from 2010 New York City marathon

The Guardian Newspaper Online 2010 New York Marathon Gallery

For some funny New York marathon characters see The Gothamist collection of  New York Marathon Pictures

Want to Follow Chilean Miner Edison Pena Experience, Check out his NYC Marathon photos at Examiner

Crazy Tip On How To Qualify For Boston Marathon

Marathon runners will do anything to qualify for Boston marathon. I just read the story of Joseph Huber at NYT who consulted a hypnotist.

In one marathon Huber really was in such a state. He was so intent on qualifying for the Boston Marathon that he went to a hypnotist so he could run faster. In the Bay State Marathon of 1995, he said he shot out from the start “like a gazelle.” He forgot the primary rule of marathon running: don’t go out too fast.

“After 15 miles of running like a crazy man, I said to myself, Joe, you’re not 25, you’re 45,” he recalled. “I started to slow down.”

Huber missed qualifying for Boston by 82 seconds.

Now that was one crazy & funny idea.

2010 Chicago Marathon Pictures & Photos

Chicago marathon runners showed grit slogging the 42K. More than 38,000 runners took part in 2010 chicago marathon.

As for pictures from 2010 Chicago marathon, I found plenty of photos from around the internet. Pictures of runners in costume are always a joy to look at.

This has to be my favorite. The battle of super heroes
Super Heroes at the 2010 Chicago Marathon

Photo courtesy of Flickr, see more at Jason broaddus Page or visit his photo blog

Another picture I found interesting was that of the runner carrying the Eiffel tower.

2010 Twin Cities Marathon Photos & Pictures

11,000 runners took part in 2010 Twin Cities marathon. The event also played host to US marathon Championship.

I found some terrific photos and pictures from 2010 Twin Cities marathon at Flickr. This picture was my favorite
Twin Cities MarathonPicture courtesy of Joseph Forman @ flickr.

To view more pictures from 201 twin cities marathon visit Joseph Flickr Page